Bring home a new family member is a fun and exciting times for the whole family. When you bring a puppy home, you are suddenly faced with puppy behaviors like whining, biting, jumping, chewing, and potty training. And if you’ve done any research at all, you know that proper care and training is critical during a puppy’s first few months. The things your puppy experiences now are going to affect him for the rest of his life. 

********TIPS for 1st time puppy owners********

1). Get a crate. It makes house training incredibly easy.

2). Let your puppy sleep in your bedroom, at least for the first few nights. This whole experience is scary for a pup. Don’t make pup sleep in the laundry room, put crate next to your bed so you can reassure puppy.

3).Baby gate are your friend. Use them to Lee the puppy out of places you don’t want pup to destroy. 

4). SUPERVISE, SUPERVISE, SUPERVISE. If you cannot watch pup like a hawk, pup need to be in a crate or playpen/puppy room. Add a bed in one corner and pee paid in another corner, don’t forget to add water, blanket and toys. 

5). Pick a potty spot. If you don’t want pup to potty all over the yard as a adult, pick one area and take puppy directly there at potty time. 

6). Set a daily routine. House training proceeds more smoothly if your puppy knows what to expect for the day. 7). Enroll in puppy class. Your pup will learn some basic obedience, but the real benefit of puppy classes is socialization with other puppies and people.

7). Don't believe everything you read on the internet. Not all advice is good advice. Take everything with a grain of salt. A good rule of thumb, check with your breeder if not sure. 

8). Make sure everyone is on the same page. Discuss the puppy rules with your whole family. Figure out who will do what and when. Pick one set of training rules and stick with them. 

9). Get your pup used to handling from day one, touching feet, nails, tail, ears, mouth, teeth, and belly with love. 

10). Start grooming early on, for same reasons above. 

11). Take your puppy to Petstore. Great socialization opportunity. 

After all shots are finished, normally around 16 weeks old. 

12). Socialize, don't traumatize. Introduce new experiences slowly and never let your puppy get overwhelmed. 

13). Invite friends and family to meet-the-puppy parties

14). Reward good behavior, don’t wait for bad behavior. Reward the puppy when you see him doing something you like. Don’t wait until he’s misbehaving to give him attention.

15. Avoid the dog park. In addition to putting your under vaccinated puppy at risk for disease, most dogs at the dog park are quite rude by canine standards. A couple bad experiences could ruin your puppy’s opinion of her own species.

16). Feed 2-3 small meals per day. Don’t leave food out for her to graze on. Take pup outside ASAP to potty.. 

17). Pick up anything you don’t want destroyed. If it’s on the floor, it will be chewed.

18). Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want. For example, teach your puppy to sit when greeting people. Don’t just yell at her for jumping up. 

19). Watch your pups's poops. If you notice blood, take pup to vet ASAP. 

20). Provide toys. If you provide pup with toys, puppy is less likely to chew on yours. 

21). Treat-dispensing toys make great puppy sitters.

22). If you think your puppy needs to go potty at all, don’t hesitate to take him outside! You’d be surprised how often puppies need to go sometimes.

23). Practice separation. As tempting as it is, don’t let Sparky be glued to your side all day. Letting your puppy have time to himself in his crate or room will help prevent separation anxiety.

24).. Hellos and Goodbyes should be no big deal. Don’t make a fuss over your pup when you leave or come home. Again, prevents separation anxiety.

25). Don’t get offended when your puppy chews on you. Puppies bites are sometimes painfully. It is NOT aggression. Do not react by yelling, smacking him, rolling him on his back or holding his muzzle shut. Just remove your hand and stay NO firmly. 

26). Visit the vet. Take your pup for a visit when she doesn’t have an appointment. Bring some treats and ask the office staff to give her some. Make the vet’s office a fun place! (call ahead first to make sure this is OK).

27). As a general rule of thumb, the number of hours a puppy can “hold it” is his age in months plus one. So a two month old puppy should be crated for a maximum of three hours at a time (during the day. When they sleep at night, puppies can usually hold it for longer).

28). Leave the TV or radio on when you leave your puppy home alone.

29). Teach good leash manners early. Better to teach your puppy to walk nice on leash than to teach your adult dog to stop pulling on leash.

30). Remember that your puppy is a baby – don’t ask too much of her. Don’t worry about whether she’ll perform a perfect sit/stay or heel. Plenty of time for that when she’s older. Focus on socialization and having fun.

31). Take lots of pictures. Puppyhood goes by SO fast.

32). I recommended put little bells on pups collar so you can hear them before you step on puppy, pups like to hang out underfoot. 


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